We had the good fortune of connecting with Hattie Foote and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hattie, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Ah the elusive work life balance. Honestly there are days when I feel like I have it all together, and days when I feel like all the wheels are coming off. As a mother, wife, and business owner, I feel constantly pulled in every which direction, but I have found that it is incredibly important to put yourself first. Ask for help, just last week I was overwhelmed with work, laundry, and distance learning, I felt like I was drowning. I pumped the breaks, had my husband take the kids and ate a burrito by myself in the Target parking lot. Glamorous no, effective yes. Also don’t compare yourself or stress over the “perfection” portrayed on social media, it’s not real. At the end of the day, give yourself grace and appreciate the wins (big or small). We’ve got this (kind of)!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I took photography in high school, and my favorite gift to give on birthdays/Christmas was photo collages from all of my “artistic’ disposable camera photos. Cringe! In college I went to school for Public Relations, and I had to take a digital photography class. My photo of a cow at a dairy farm was published in Farm and Ranch Magazine, and I really thought I made it! When I had my daughter is when I really fell in love with photography as a hobby. It has been a slow process transitioning it to a buisness, my main challenges being time (or lack therfore of) and raging imposter syndrom. I forced myself into a place of yes, trying all different types of photography to see where my heart was. I truly love it all, and found that shooting families was most important to me. Motherhood specifically, because we always seem to be the ones behind the lens. Get in those photos, I promise nobody cares if you have dirty hair or a 10 year old shirt on. Do it for you babies, they will treasure them always. It is also fun to have a beautiful dress up shoot, and my main piece of advice is to relax. If you are stressing over your kids not listening or husband being annoying, it shows. It’s my job to lead the session, so just enjoy your time with your family, and I will do the rest!!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am a Coronado girl, so shopping/eating local is very important to me! Claytons Diner/Claytons Bakery and Bistro are a must for breakfast. Rent a bike at Hollands Bicycles and ride around town, I love the bike path that goes along the bay, under the bridge, and along the golf course. We love to grab Saiko Sushi to go, and eat it on the lawn of the Ferry Landing. You have to head to the world class Coronado Beach and you can’t miss our beautiful Hotel del Coronado. Stake has an amazing happy hour, and for dinner head to Leroys for the best burger in town, or Garage Buona Forchetta for an Italian meal your whole family will love. Finish the night with some Nado Gelato and a stroll around Orange Ave. If you feel like moving after all that eating, Coronado Fitness Club is the best. There is also such cute shopping too, my favorites are Seaside Papery, Bungalow 56, and Fuzziwigs. If you are to venture over to San Diego, you can drive over the Coronado Bridge or ride the ferry! Our favorite spots are Balboa Park and hiking Torrey Pines. There are just so many incredible spots in San Diego, and if you dont hit them all you will just have to come back for another visit!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh my gosh, is this like my Oscars speech? My husband Chris, babies Lux and Hunter, and my family are my world. Thank you for having my back, cheering me on, and loving me so hard. Im the luckiest girl in the world. My team at Coronado Magazine for giving me the space to authentically share my motherhood journey. My mentor Megan Kawahara who encourages me daily and gently pushes me out of my comfort zone. Bri Dietz, my creative soul sister/ life partner, and my group of equally amazing and talented women who feed me margaritas and make me laugh till I cry. I love you all. Cue the music cutting off my speech and people cheering!